LETTER TO GOVERNOR HOGAN REGARDING CARE OF CARDIOVASCULAR PATIENTS IN MARYLAND DURING THE COVID-19 EPIDEMICClick here to read the letter in its entirety.
Collateral Cardiovascular Injury from School Closures
Dear Maryland ACC Colleagues,
I vividly recall the shock I received in my first month of medical school in 1988 attending a small group seminar led by a leader of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a leader in the nascent field of population health. His thesis was that educational achievement was far more predictive of the health of a population than access to medical care. If we really cared about improving the health of our patients, he argued, we had chosen the wrong field. Huh? I challenged him with personal anecdotes of family members who had benefited from modern medical and surgical care. All well and good, he gently responded, but at a population level, education matters more. Others have made the same argument.
This anecdote illustrates the profound consequences of decisions now being made regarding opening of public schools in the fall. Many large school districts around the country and almost all in Maryland have announced that they will not open for in-person classes in the fall. Given that Covid-19 shows no signs of disappearing, and may even surge again in the winter, a decision to close schools in September likely represents a decision to close for the academic year.
These decisions will have at least three major consequences that the ACC and its members will need to consider for the future:
Several major organizations have emphasized the importance of open schools for student well-being and public health. Let us hope that creating the conditions for this to happen becomes the highest national priority.
On the Advocacy front, the ACC has been at work preparing for the next big coronavirus relief package being considered by Congress. ACC’s President, Dr. Athena Poppas, recently submitted a letter outlining ACC member priorities for consideration, including:
All ACC members are asked to contact our Congressional representative to support these priorities. Take action today!Enjoy the remainder of the summer and stay safe and well. As always, please send MDACC leadership and staff your comments, questions, and suggestions to email@example.com.
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Coronavirus and Your Heart: Don't Ignore Heart Symptoms
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